“If you read “Bob, a DJ and a clown” on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you’re for or against the Oxford comma — perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.” (YouTube)
I’m a big fan of grammar and wordplay, and so this video really appeals to me. It’s all about the Oxford comma, that most tricky of punctuations. I say tricky… It’s actually rather simple. I use the Oxford comma, and I prefer it above not using it. I write as if I have to read the sentence out loud, and I find that when I am listing things, I take a breath between each word in the list, which is symbolised by the comma when writing it. For instance, I feel that “Going to buy some bread, milk, and cheese” reads and looks a lot better than “Going to buy some bread, milk and cheese”. Of course, other items are available to purchase as well.
Which do writing style do you prefer? With the Oxford comma, or without? Onwards!